Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in “Fantasia”. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. “The Rite of Spring” tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. “Dance of the Hours” is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. “Night on Bald Mountain” and “Ave Maria” set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day. It’s no exaggeration to say this may be your only chance to see this classic on the big screen, as it’s tightly held in Disney’s vault and rarely exhibited. Extra shows scheduled, but many will sell out so buy your tickets in advance and come early for prime seating. Wed: 11am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 7:15pm and 9:40pm. trailer
Audiences have returned a second and even third time and brought friends and family to “The Tree of Life”, the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through director Terrence Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life. trailer
Audiences are also returning for Woody Allen’s sweetly sentimental “Midnight in Paris” is funny and charming and will delight longtime Woody Allen fans as well as new younger audiences. This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, among others. trailer
Mike Mills’ “Beginners” with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer opens July 15, so this is the final week of at least one of these two don’t miss films.